Stories by Christopher Torchia

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

South Africa counts carcasses as rhino poaching surges

Poachers have killed record numbers of rhinos in South Africa in recent years, but some conservationists believe the toll could be higher than the official figures.
By Christopher Torchia

Friday, July 17, 2015

South African rhino orphanage cares for victims of poachers

They are the most vulnerable victims of South Africa's rhino poaching scourge, the baby rhinos that survive the shooting deaths of their mothers.
By Christopher Torchia

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Judge in Pistorius trial is under protection

JOHANNESBURG - Legal groups have expressed concern about threats and criticism of the judge who found Oscar Pistorius not guilty of the charge of murder.
By Christopher Torchia

Friday, Aug 8, 2014

Verdict in Pistorius trial scheduled for Sept. 11

Judge Thokozile Masipa said at the end of two days of final arguments that she will give a verdict in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Sept. 11, signaling the approaching end of a trial that ...
By Christopher Torchia

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Madagascar hopes surfing will draw in waves of tourists

JOHANNESBURG - Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar.
By Christopher Torchia

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pistorius gets into altercation at a Johannesburg nightclub

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius was in an altercation at an upmarket nightclub over the weekend, his family said Tuesday.
By Christopher Torchia

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Defense in Pistorius trial rests case

JOHANNESBURG - The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius moved closer to a verdict on Tuesday when the defense ended its case. In early August the judge will hear final arguments.
By Christopher Torchia

Monday, June 30, 2014

Evaluation finds Pistorius didn't have mental illness

Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from mental illness when he killed his girlfriend and was able to understand what he had done, according to psychiatric reports.
By Christopher Torchia

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pistorius will undergo psychiatric evaluation

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius will undergo psychiatric evaluation after the judge ruled at his murder trial Wednesday that his state of mind when he killed his girlfriend should be ...
By Christopher Torchia

Monday, May 12, 2014

Doctor: Pistorius might have disorder

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius has an anxiety disorder that might have contributed to the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, an expert testified at his murder trial Monday.
By Christopher Torchia

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pistorius denies he tried to intimidate Steenkamp's friend

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a "sinister" remark to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday during a break at his murder trial. Pistorius denied the ...
By Christopher Torchia

Monday, May 5, 2014

Neighbors testify that Pistorius was distraught after shooting

PRETORIA, South Africa - Using witness accounts of a panicked nighttime phone call from Oscar Pistorius begging for help and his desperate pleas for Reeva Steenkamp to stay alive, the defense at ...
By Christopher Torchia

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cross-examination of Pistorius ends

PRETORIA, South Africa - For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony.
By Christopher Torchia

Monday, April 14, 2014

Prosecutor: Outbursts are staged

Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday from the chief prosecutor, who accused the Olympian of staging emotional outbursts to mask difficulty in answering questions.
By Christopher Torchia

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pistorius' version of killing challenged by prosecutor

Contradicting himself at times, Oscar Pistorius sparred with the prosecutor over the differing accounts of what happened on the night he killed Reeva Steenkamp by firing four times through the ...
By Christopher Torchia

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Prosecutor mocks athlete's version of events

PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday.
By Christopher Torchia

Monday, April 7, 2014

Olympian takes stand, apologizes

PRETORIA, South Africa - His voice shaking, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand Monday for the first time, testifying that he was trying to protect the girlfriend he killed.
By Christopher Torchia

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Expert describes position of Pistorius' girlfriend during shooting

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend was standing in a toilet cubicle and facing the closed door when she was hit in the right hip by the first of four bullets that he fired, a ...
By Christopher Torchia

Monday, March 17, 2014

Olympian showed ‘love' for guns

PRETORIA, South Africa - Guns expert Sean Rens testified Monday that Oscar Pistorius had a "great love and enthusiasm" for guns and wanted to buy seven more in 2012.
By Christopher Torchia

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pistorius photographed in bloodied prosthetics

PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecution says Pistorius, 27, killed Steenkamp, 29, intentionally after a loud fight. The athlete maintains he shot her with his licensed 9 mm pistol by ...
By Christopher Torchia
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